Gulf oil disaster – As oil continued gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ruptured deepwater well Friday, the political firestorm sparked by the environmental disaster showed no signs of slowing. Lawmakers said many questions remained after BP CEO Tony Hayward faced a bipartisan barrage of criticism during a heated day of testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill. "It was frustrating, not just to me but to the American people," Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."
Across the pond, reaction was mixed: British commentators and media were split by the performance of the BP boss, with some analysts backing Hayward and others criticizing his performance and approach.
In Florida, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that it will use aerial flights to check on manatees and other wildlife as staff monitors the flow of the black crude across the Gulf. Officials worry that would-be rescuers face a difficult task trying to save such a large population of manatees as the animals leave Florida and spread out along the Gulf Coast.
Stimulus push – The Obama administration's economic stimulus program has allocated $620 billion so far and created or saved at least 2.3 million jobs, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden helped kick off what the White House calls "Recovery Summer," a six-week push to highlight what the administration says will be jobs created this summer and fall by a surge in federal stimulus spending.
On Friday, President Obama travels to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the groundbreaking of what's touted as the 10,000th Recovery Act road project. Then on Monday, Biden visits Midland, Michigan, for the groundbreaking of a new advanced battery manufacturing facility, which was made possible by a $161 million stimulus grant awarded last year.
Days with his father – Phil Toledano, a professional freelance photographer, took care of his father for three years after his mother died. His father had dementia, and Toledano began taking photos chronicling their time together on a website, dayswithmyfather.com. CNN talks to Toledano about what the time was like.
The new technology? – Goodbye computer mouse, keyboard and monitor. Say hello to a new, simpler era of human-computer interaction – this time with no clunky hardware standing between you and digital information. In this new world, there are options aplenty. Instead of sliding a mouse across your desk, you could just point at whatever you'd like to select. Instead of pecking away at a keyboard, you could say what you're thinking. And instead of glaring at a big screen all day, why not project that information on the surface of your contact lenses? None of this is science fiction. These ideas are here today – some of them in research labs and others already on store shelves.